Proposal: Police Read You Your Rights

Swedish police could be forced to read rights when they make an arrest. A new proposal would make it mandatory for police forces in the European Union to tell people why they are being arrested and what their rights are.

Daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, made the proposal last week. She suggested that Europe make its own version of the Miranda Rights in the United States. All police in the United States are required to read a list of legal rights when they make an arrest including telling suspects that they have "the right to remain silent."

Reding suggested that police would carry the rights printed in different languages. Of the EU's 27 member countries only 12 have laws that require police to inform arrested persons of their legal rights.